Sunday, January 27, 2013

Photo Essay: 2013 Chinese New Year: Year of the Snake at Singapore Chinatown!

Chinese 'God of Wealth' wishes you a prosperous new year!

Decorations for your home?

Lanterns in the shape of pineapple. 'Pineapple' means 'Ong Lai' in Hokkien, which literally means COME LUCK COME...

A Hindu Temple

This Chinese New Year is the YEAR OF THE SNAKE! This is a long snake!

This Chinese New Year is the YEAR OF THE SNAKE!

Calligraphy for your home?

The cat wishes you a prosperous new year!

Snacks, candies, jellies for Chinese New Year!

Cookies, New Year cake!


Flowers for your home?

Lucky Chinatown!

Another long snake....again?

The snake's head!

Heritage Shop houses at Chinatown

Did you enjoy this Chinese New Year at Chinatown?

While welcoming this special season, watch the video below -

New Year Brings Reunion, Freedom for Persecution Victim


And in Canada, two brothers reunite. They’d been apart for than a decade, after suffering brutal torture in China for their spiritual beliefs. On New Year’s Day, they are both finally free.
It’s the first embrace for these brothers in more than 12 years. On the first day of the New Year, Lin Mingli, once imprisoned and tortured in China, begins a new life in Ottawa, Canada.
[Lin Mingli, Rescued Falun Gong Practitioner]:
“I am full of emotions today, because I am finally free of all the persecution by the evil Chinese Communist Party.”
Lin Mingli and his older brother Lin Shenli both practice Falun Gong. They haven’t seen each other since 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party began its brutal crackdown on the spiritual practice. 
[Lin Shenli, Brother of Lin Mingli]:
“I haven’t seen him since the persecution [of Falun Gong] began in 1999. He was away from home when I was arrested. He was arrested later and we were separated in the labor camp.”
Lin Shenli left the persecution behind in 2002, thanks to the efforts of his Canadian wife and others. Once in Canada, he worked to rescue his brother.
Lin Mingli had been imprisoned for a total of eight years.
[Lin Mingli, Rescued Falun Gong Practitioner]:
“They don’t let you sleep, and beat you to force you to write a ‘letter of repentance,’ if you refuse, they’ll beat you some more. This continues for months until you finally collapse. The Communist Party uses the cruelest persecution methods on Falun Gong practitioners. I have seen this with my own eyes.”
Now, with the help of Canadian officials, Lin Mingli is a free man.
But he says he continues to worry for the hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners still persecuted in China.
Rights groups say the Chinese Communist Party is responsible for the deaths of at least 3,400 practitioners, though the actual figure is likely to be much higher.
Why Jiang Zemin and CCP Persecute Falun Gong?
[VIDEO] Why Jiang Zemin and CCP Persecute Falun Gong?